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Grow highly nutritious alfalfa sprouts in your Speedy Sprouter within a week! Enjoy the taste of freshly grown food in your favourite dishes and cut down on personal consumption and food waste in the process!
Botanical Name: Medicago Sativa
Size Availability: 25g, 100g, 1kg
Taste: Mild taste and good crunch. Slightly nutty.
Recipes: Perfect for Salads, Sandwiches, pastas and most cold served western dishes
When to plant: All year round in sprout jars
Harvest: Within 7 days
Packaging: 25g and 100g sachets come in 100% recycled paper seed sachet. 1kg comes in biodegradeable/compostable sealed bag."
Other: Alfalfa is an amazingly fast grower, in 7 days it can grow up to 17.8x it's original size! This variety of alfalfa can be used to grow both sprouts and micro-greens. Non-Chemically treated.
Sprouts and microgreens are very similar, the same seeds can be used to grow either. The main differences are the grow times and growth mediums used. Microgreens are often grown in trays with coco coir or coconut mat growing mediums. Sprouts usually just have one set of leaves which are the plant’s baby leaves, whereas microgreens may sometimes have two or three sets of leaves.
There is a range of different methods of growing sprouts. The two main methods are growth in in sprout jars, or growth in trays. In commercial growing there are automated misting systems with good drainage and airflow that massively reduce the maintenance time required to grow your greens.
Our favourite and the easiest way of growing sprouts is in a sprout jar. Interested in getting started? We have a full guide on how you can get growing sprouts at home.
Note: Always stop the sprouting process before the first set of leaves grow, some sprouts need to be cooked before eating. Check seed pages for seed-specific instructions before growing.
Growing seeds as microgreens can produce more food per gram of seed than sprouts. It’s also quite easy, we recommend using a microgreen tray and following the method below:
1. Soak coconut mats in water for 30 minutes.
2. If your seeds are larger than a grain of rice, soak them in water overnight.
3. Place a single coconut mat on the white inner tray of the microgreen grow kit.
4. Scatter seeds evenly over the top of the mat. This step takes a bit of practice to judge how to space them perfectly. You want them to be packed densely enough to support each other as they grow, but not so close that they don't have good airflow over them and end up getting mouldy.
5. Spray gently with water.
6. You can stack trays on top of each other, repeat steps 3-5 with up to 5 additional trays (the weight of the trays presses the seeds down and forces their roots to grow downwards into the coconut mat).
7. Spray each layer of seeds with water daily.
8. When your seeds have sprouted and its shoots are ~3cm long - unstack the trays and place each tray flat and without a cover that they can grow upward.
9. Place plants in sunlight in the final two days to develop their flavour and provide a richer, greener colour.
Our team packs orders Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Unless you are purchasing a product which is out of stock, then we typically have a handling time of less than 48 hours.
Australia Post is our preferred carrier, see our page for more location specific details on postage times. Typical costs for seed postage are as below:- 25g packs - $4.00 nation wide - 100g packs - $5.00-10.00 - 1kg packs - $5.50 - $15.00